Utility and Energy Services encourages applications for a Plant
Operator - Control Room! The purpose of this position is to operate
District Energy Plant (DEP) and Satellite Plant systems for
heating, cooling, and power generation at an advanced level;
oversee and operate the Utility Distribution (DIST) Systems;
monitor equipment and maintain records of equipment operational
status for turnover reports to Lead Operator; trains lower level
Utility Plant Operator positions and new employees.
This is an essential services position. The incumbent is required
to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for
regular assigned shift during emergency campus closures. This is
shift work and requires working evenings, weekends, holidays
high-volume overtime schedules and is subject to the on-call
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
Utility and Energy Services is responsible for the design,
operation, maintenance, and repair of the campus’s energy
generation and distribution infrastructure for steam (heating),
chilled water (cooling), and electricity. We provide the campus
community with reliable utility services in a cost-effective and
environmentally responsible manner and offer measurement, line
locating, performance engineering, regulatory and data management
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Operate Heating, Cooling, and Power Generation
Operate and configure plant equipment at multiple sites to maintain
utilities supplied to the campus in a safe, reliable and efficient
manner by complying with procedures, policies and accepted
engineering practices and being knowledgeable on plant equipment
and operating methods. Plan, problem-solve, and take corrective
actions for off-normal conditions that could jeopardize equipment,
supplied utilities, or the health and safety of personnel or campus
assets. District Energy and Satellite Plant Systems to operate
include: Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system (aka cogeneration
system) consisting of dual fuel combustion gas turbine generators
(CTG), Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG), Steam Turbine
Generator (STG), dual fuel boilers, electric driven centrifugal
chillers, cooling towers, and all related auxiliary equipment. Must
be available for call-in rotation assignment.
Monitor and Make Adjustments to Plant Equipment and
Conduct routine inspections and log equipment parameters at
multiple sites to ensure the plant systems are being operated
properly. Performs chemical analysis (including adding chemicals to
water used in the heating, cooling, and power generation systems)
and make adjustments as necessary. Comply with applicable permits,
contractual agreements, operating procedures, policies, and safety
Oversee operation of DIST systems including load management of
university 15kV MicroGrid, Chilled Water (CHW) loop, and Steam
Monitor and assist in observation of building metered demands and
consumption. May need to operate a university vehicle to complete
Maintain and Repair Equipment
Performs troubleshooting and initial Root Cause Analysis (RCA) of
equipment failures and operational upsets. Completes minor repairs
and preventative maintenance.
Plant Safety and Security
Administer and control lock-outs/tag-outs (LOTO) of equipment with
maintenance personnel and Contractors.
Control physical access in and around the plant. Monitor process
and supervisory control network activity. Make proper notifications
when plant physical or control network security is
Attend all safety training and meetings as scheduled.
Maintain Plant Cleanliness
Ensure plant and equipment is free of dirt, clutter and debris.
Paint plant components where required.
What We Can Offer
The salary range for this position is $52,356 - $63,495.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Four years of progressively responsible experience in District
Energy or Central Plant steam and chilled water operations. At
least one year must have been hands-on experience with any two of
- Electrical generation;
- electrical distribution;
- steam generation;
- steam distribution
- chilled water generation;
- chilled water distribution;
- Distributed Control Systems such as Programmable Logic
- Substitution: Successful completion of a formalized
apprenticeship program or higher-level course work from an
accredited, non-correspondence, vocational, or trades school in
Utility Plant Operation may substitute for the required experience
on a year-for-year basis.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Candidate must successfully pass the CU-Boulder "Boiler &
Chiller Operator Training Program" to become Control Room Board
Qualified within one (1) year of hire date.
- Must successfully pass a background check and a pre-placement
- Must have a valid Driver's License.
- Experience operating the following:
- Combustion Gas Turbines, HRSGs, Electric Chillers, and Steam
- High voltage distribution switchgear;
- Chilled water distribution systems.
- Qualified DCS operator.
- Qualified Boiler operator.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume.
- A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background
and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and
responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by September 26, 2021
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs
Posting Contact Information
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Boulder Campus Human Resources
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